Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Recapping a busy APA meeting

A lawyer presents at a podium

Adirondack Park Agency

It was a busy monthly board meeting last week at the Adirondack Park Agency in Ray Brook.

The board approved a permit expanding a marina on Fish Creek Ponds, which you can read about from my colleague Zach Matson here.

A shooting range to test artillery in Lewis is also back to the permitting process, after the board denied the applicant’s appeal over a fifth round of questions from staff. Read about that here. 

And Tim Rowland covered more housing news as APA board members heard about an opportunity that no one has cracked in the Adirondacks. Read more here.

Camp Santanoni update

Larry Newcombe has received a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to operate his horse and wagon service at Great Camp Santanoni in Newcomb. We updated our original story here and will continue to follow the issue as the state works to address access there: https://www.adirondackexplorer.org/stories/state-considers-great-camp-santanoni-access-options.


Thanks to all who came out to our event in Albany last week. We had an informative discussion about environmental legislation, constitutional amendments and what lawmakers hope to pass by the end of session.

Publisher Tracy Ormsbee wrote a roundup of topics covered here.

Wildlife crossing bill

The state Assembly and Senate passed a bill requiring the state Department of Transportation and the New York Thruway Authority to conduct surveys before deciding on five wildlife crossing projects.

One Adirondack Park lawmaker voted against the bill. To become law, it will need Gov. Kathy Hochul’s signature.

Read my colleague Mike Lynch’s story here.

APA public comment opportunities

View all APA public comment and hearing opportunities at: https://apa.ny.gov/Hearings/index.cfm.

DEC public comment opportunities

View all the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s weekly environmental notice bulletin projects.

Photo at top: Matthew Norfolk, a Lake Placid lawyer representing Unconventional Concepts, Inc. over its fifth notice of incomplete application, speaks before the Adirondack Park Agency during an appeal on Thursday in Ray Brook. Behind him is APA Associate Counsel Sarah Reynolds. Photo by Gwendolyn Craig.

This first appeared in Gwen’s weekly “Adirondack Report” newsletter. Click here to sign up.

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Gwen is the environmental policy reporter for Adirondack Explorer.

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